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“Beautiful Formations” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Crystal Cave

Crystal Cave
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Crystal Cave is a marble cave with a wide variety of stalactites, stalagmites, and other geologic features and cave-adapted wildlife that add to its popularity with visitors and scientists from around the world. There is a wide variety of tour options and experiences that appeal to adults, families, and the wild caver. Crystal Cave is open early May-late November, weather and conditions permitting. Advance reservations are online. Please review the physical fitness precautions before purchasing tickets. No pets.
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Bakersfield, California
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4 reviews
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“Beautiful Formations”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2012

I love to look at the beautiful formations - very educational. I have been there more than 5 times and plan to go back before the weather gets too cold.

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Visalia, California
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“Stunning to view”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2012

Although it's been quite a few years since I've visited the Crystal Caves, it was truly an adventure. I recommend it highly as an excursion with children. Educational. Remember though that it is pretty cool inside the caves.

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“Quite a hike”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2012

Getting to the caves, you have quite a hike (mostly downhill, so after you go it's quite the workout). The caves are not as elaborate or colorful as others I've seen, but it was a beautiful and cool part of our trip.

Visited August 2012
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“Dangerous hike to Cave”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2012

The cave was very interesting, and the cost was reasonable, but the trial to the cave is trecerous and steep and narrow with no hand rails or benches to sit and rest. Coming up was very difficult also. Children go running by without any concern for others safety. We would not recomend this for anyone who is out of shape or has walking problems.

Visited July 2012
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“Unique and eerie experience......”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2012

We booked our tickets on the same day as the tour at the Lodgepole Visitors Centre (no internet or phone bookings) and the tickets were freely available for the afternoon. However, it gets much busier at weekends so plan accordingly. Adult tickets cost $13.00 and decreases depending on age etc.

Because of current road works, it’s suggested to leave for the Caves about 1½ hrs before the tour itself. The road is quite windy (also after the turnoff to the caves) so it slows the process down somewhat and the hike to the cave mouth is a ½ mile strenuous hike down and back up (keep clear of Poison Oak).

We made it comfortably in an hour taking it easy on the road. There are restrooms available near the car park, all food has to be placed in the bear lockers and the bigger backpacks (even hiking sticks) are not allowed in the cave. A tiny gift kiosk has some souvenirs and smaller items as you return from the tour near the entry at the top.

Before the tour though everyone is grouped together to make sure clothes/equipment/torches/cameras have not been into caves affected with White Nose Syndrome (terrible for bats) and everyone has to disinfect shoes in a trough ahead of walking down the trail. It’s a cool and constant 48 degrees in the caves so bring a sweater.

This small cave system is mysterious, with shield and raft cones, stalactites, many varieties of beautiful speleothems and cover areas over 3 miles. Only smaller parts of caves are open for visitors but it has lighting strategically placed to show off the weird and wonderful formations.

Near the end of the 45 min tour the lights will be turned off to give you an idea how dark it is (just be aware). Running water and echoes will add to the eeriness of this unique cave. It’s worth the time, effort and cost to see something that time and water seeping through the earth has created.

Enjoy your experience

Visited June 2012
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